Tahoe National Forest Resumes Direct Management of Campgrounds in 2015

On April 23, the Tahoe National Forest kicked off the opening of its campgrounds for the 2015 season with a ribbon-cutting at the White Cloud Campground near Nevada City. The event was an opportunity to encourage campground use and showcase some of the Forest’s scenic campgrounds that have a fresh look this year.

For the first time in years, approximately half of all Tahoe National Forest campgrounds are now directly operated and maintained by the Forest Service. Many campgrounds on national forests are run by concession businesses. The 29 campgrounds and eight day-use fee sites now operated directly by the Forest Service are located on the Truckee, American River and southern portion of the Yuba River ranger districts.

At Tahoe National Forest-operated campgrounds, the Forest Service is providing a memorable recreation experience to visitors, with the best possible service at the lowest possible cost to campers. In addition to providing excellent value, direct management of the campgrounds allows the Forest an opportunity to hire local people for local jobs. These jobs also provide a launching point for careers with the Forest Service.

Forest Service Pride

Forest Service staff were hard at work during the off-season to improve campgrounds for summer visitors. These campgrounds are cleaner and safer than ever, with hazardous trees removed, tables and fire rings cleaned and updated, and many other improvements. Campers will be able to see first-hand the pride Forest Service staff have in the work they do and the lands they manage for the American people.

“We have some of the best campgrounds in the Sierra Nevada,” said Tom Quinn, Tahoe National Forest Supervisor. "Our campgrounds are open for business and friends and families that come here can expect a memorable recreation experience with the scenic beauty and attractive climate the Tahoe National Forest is known for."

Click here for a list of Tahoe National Forest campgrounds.